Superior Achievement in Dark Film: Midnight Son
Like literature, horror films are divided into two camps. There are the gore and bloodshed splatter films. Everything from the Saw series to the classics such as Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street. The other side of the fence are the dark, Gothic films. These films take their cues from Hitchcock and other masters of suspense and atmosphere. Midnight Son is a highly recommended dark film for those looking for something different in your vampires.
This is not a traditional vampire romance or vampire throat-ripper. The film is not a cheap “origin” story nor is it vampire meets girl story. Jacob suffers from a rare skin disorder that prevents him from being in sunlight. He works the night shift and lives after dark painting the sun he has never seen. One day he begins to feel ill and realizes something is going very wrong with his body. Jacob struggles with the changes he is undergoing, dismissing the notion he’s a vampire as movie silliness. He cannot fight what he is becoming however, and it leads to a disturbing lack of a conclusion. How would these creatures live in our world? Jacob accidentally “makes” another and Marcus serves as a foil to Jacob’s moral battle with himself. Jacob’s sort-of girlfriend Mary battles her own demons and we come to understand, as Marcus points out, that “everyone has their thing.” But what if that “thing” is killing to survive?
The story unfolds slowly and we see the characters evolve in a delicate dance between reality and the growing insanity of their situations. There are no gruesome “transformation” scenes and very little blood. We never know how Jacob becomes a vampire and there are subtle innuendos throughout the film that he may not be as unique as he feels he is. Questions remain unanswered and no one rides off into the sunset sparkling and happy. Not a film without flaws, but far better than most carrying the horror tag these days.